Average Salary for Catholic University of America Alumni

Catholic University of America is a Roman Catholic school located in Washington, Washington DC with around 4,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

Catholic University of America Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Design Architect
8 salaries
Social Worker
4 salaries
Architectural Designer
4 salaries
3 salaries
Associate Attorney
3 salaries
Project Engineer
3 salaries
Health Information Manager
2 salaries
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About This School

620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064



Private School, Research University, Religious

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Graduates of CUA head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the health care industry, and IT services are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the architectural services industry. CUA graduates in the management consulting industry are hard pressed to find, with less than two percent of former students taking up work in this field. The average starting salary for a graduate of CUA is $68K.


Among CUA alumni, those working as Attorneys report the highest median pay of $100K, followed by Associate Attorneys (about $80K), and Design Architects ($74K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Architectural Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $38K.


A large number of students head to Washington, DC after college. It is no surprise that Bethesda, Md., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $95K), is another of the most popular spots for former CUA students. On the other end, CUA grads flock to Rockville, Md., which actually offers the weakest median salary of around $53K. New York, N.Y. is also a common pick among CUA grads, along with Baltimore, Md.

Degree Major

CUA students with a Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering (ME) can expect to make the most money ($113K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a Master of Science (MS), Business Management fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $35K.


Many CUA grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in five alumni using this program on the clock. Project Management commands a pay premium of 19 percent for Catholic University of America grads. Competency in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, slightly less than half of the graduates are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and a strong majority of survey participants accept dental insurance. A large number of former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Catholic University of America grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Howard University grads (who make an average of around $68K) earn salaries most similar to CUA alumni. Lehigh University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Fordham University are also similar to CUA.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1220
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats for Catholic University of America


53 %
47 %
$38,829 - $93,858
$41,036 - $101,366
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
$34,228 - $101,736
$79,127 - $99,702
$34,622 - $114,882
$68,784 - $127,171

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